On July 20, the Atlantic Council delegation trip to Taiwan received coverage by an array of news outlets across the world, including Taipei Times, Taiwan Today, NHK World – Japan, and Stars and Stripes. Taipei Times featured the delegation leader, former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, on the front page, highlighting his examination of the defense strategy on cross-Strait affairs. In NHK World – Japan, Secretary Esper is quoted saying, “Taiwan is on the front lines of this epic contest [between China and the rule-based international order].”

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